1 ANNUAL REPORT THE COMMITTEE OF GOOD WILL OLGA HAVEL FOUNDATION
2 The is a member of the Czech Donors Forum Association of Foundations and the SKOK association of non-governmental non-profit organisations active in the fields of social services and healthcare
3 Annual Report 2009 Annual Report on the activities of the in 2009 Text: Milena Černá Proofreading and copyediting: Irena Šatavová Compile: Monika Granja Translation and proofreading: Olga and Stephan von Pohl Photographs: Bohdan Holomíček, Zdeněk Chrapek, Otakar Macák, Marta Hynková, Foundation archives and Stock.XCHNG (FREE stock photo site!) Book cover and page No 22: painting of Walter Liggesmayer from Dortmund Published by: The Number of copies: 50 Prague 2010 We thank Pavel Cindr for his excellent year-round support and for the graphic design of this annual report. Printing of this annual report was made possible by ČSOB.
4 The mission of the is to help people who, because of their poor state of health or social standing, find it difficult to participate in society or cannot care for themselves without other people s assistance. Through its activities, the Foundation aims to foster spiritual values and education, defend human rights and promote generally acknowledged humanitarian values.
5 G o a l s The Foundation s primary objective is to support social and healthcare services which help people at risk of social exclusion claim their dignified place in society. In particular, the Foundation supports civic associations and charities that provide social services for abandoned and handicapped children, the homeless, women in need, seniors, and people recovering from illness and injuries, plus organisations helping to alleviate people s suffering during illness and providing support during the trying moments of one s final days. The Foundation also runs its own programmes in support of education for socially disadvantaged or handicapped children. Every year, the Foundation presents the Olga Havel Award to a person who, despite his or her disability, is engaged in helping others. The Foundation collaborates with other NGOs in working to enhance the quality of social and healthcare services and safeguarding human rights.
6 The principles that guide the have remained unchanged since its founding The distribution of Foundation grants grants must be distributed in an effective manner with a view to their long-term impact. It must bear in mind the weak points in social, healthcare, and educational policy, and should provide financial support in places nobody else is funding or which are suffering from a lack of sufficient funds. In publicising our activities for instance, by providing information on our aims, principles and realised objectives we always acknowledge the people and organisations that have contributed to realising these goals, as well as those who work for the Foundation behind the scenes or as volunteers. May all our activities, projects, campaigns, research, and collaborative efforts show the Foundation as an organisation that acknowledges the human dignity of all people, regardless of whether they are rich or poor, live freely and independently or are dependent on the help of others. May the Foundation s grants help to find new and effective solutions to difficult life situations, may they first and foremost go to programmes focussed on prevention and intervention, thus contributing to improving the future prospects of children, adults, and families. The Foundation also promotes meetings and dialogue with non-governmental non-profit organisations with similar objectives. Our Foundation endeavours to support civil society, and to promote social changes that will help to integrate people at risk of poverty and social exclusion. We do so with deep gratitude towards Mrs Olga Havel, who intuitively promoted this philosophy in the early days of the. The history of the The was founded on 12 April 1990 by Olga Havlová ( ), the first wife of the president of the Czech Republic, in the spirit of the Charter 77 Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Prosecuted. The Committee undertook to appeal to society s moral conscience and to call attention to shortcomings in the state s social policy and in the work of social, healthcare, educational and other institutions. It also decided to help non-governmental non-profit organisations in their efforts at integrating handicapped, ailing, elderly and abandoned individuals people who are discriminated against and at risk of social isolation. Since its beginnings, the has, to the best of its abilities, also offered assistance to specific individuals if they had no other organisation or facility to turn to. The was registered on 23 September Since that time, the organisation has used the compound name. As its founder, Mrs Olga took special care to ensure that applications for social and healthcare support were properly evaluated, that grants were used for their intended purposes, that assistance was provided promptly, and that the Foundation nurtured its contacts with both donors and beneficiaries. These are the principles that the Foundation has followed to this day. In accordance with Act No. 227/1997 on foundations and endowment funds, on 14 December 1998, the Foundation was registered in the Foundation Register administered by the Municipal Court in Prague, section N, file 69.
7 Table of Contents A word from board president Dana Němcová 13 Events in How to apply for a grant 20 Foundation programmes in Healthcare 24 Social, healthcare and humanitarian programmes 25 Education 33 Promoting and protecting human rights Olga Havel Award 36 PR in Sister organisations abroad 43 Statistics 44 Donors and sponsors 44 Inheritances 45 Special thanks 50 Auditor s report 52 Financial statement 53 Foundation grants of CZK 10,000 and more 54 Basic information on the Foundation 58 11
8 Dear friends and supporters and all of you who would like to learn more about the work of the in 2009! I hope that, in this time of uncertainty regarding the state of society, we can brighten your day with sorely needed good news and hope. The programmes presented on these pages offer those of us for whom life is a difficult burden and task a chance for personal development. These programmes are made possible through the understanding and conscious sense of solidarity of our donors, to whom we are grateful for the trust they have placed in our activities whose goal is the provision of financial support to non-governmental organisations and needy individuals. But this is just one aspect of our work. We understand the mission of the as stretching across the full breadth of social and political responsibility, as expressing a sense of mutuality and focussing on the needs of our disadvantaged fellow citizens. You probably know such people personally, but we would like to use this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the great number of self-sacrificing people involved in realising often difficult-to-sustain programmes. Our good news to you is this: do not fear, things are not as bad as they might seem! There are plenty of good people and plenty of good will, filling us with the joy and strength to come together in order to overcome any obstacles and to meet the needs of our disadvantaged fellow citizens and of society at large. Prague, February 2010 Yours, Dana Němcová 13
9 Events in 2009 January Start of the Czech Republic s sixmonth EU presidency. News Outdoor Czech Republic put up ten billboards in Prague and on arterial roads leading out of town expressing thanks for donations made to the Foundation during the preceding year. On 14 January, Milena Černá attended the 40 th anniversary memorial in honour of Jan Palach on Wenceslaus Square. On 14 January, Lidové noviny printed a profile of Dana Němcová (the mother of refugees ) on the occasion of her 75 th birthday. The 2009 plan for the Foundation s activities was put together for the board of directors on January 15. Monika Granja hired Mrs Irena Šatavová as editor for the Foundation s Good News. On 21 January 2009 Vladimír Buberle, founder of the Czech Union of the Deaf and our guide to the issues faced by the hearing impaired, passed away in Prague at the age of 83. On 22 January, the Foundation was visited by 2007 Olga Havel Award laureate Jiří Herynek. On the anniversary of Olga Havel s death on 27 January, members of the Foundation laid flowers at her grave at Vinohrady Cemetery. On the same occasion, the Foundation was visited by children from a children s home in Česká Lípa. February Milena Černá accepted an invitation to attend a meeting of Vršovice seniors on 5 February. On 11 February World Day of the Sick the Foundation was visited by Jiří Volf, who presented the proceeds from a racecar rally intended for speech processors for two deaf children. François Foucher of the Association Olga Havel France was made an honorary citizen of Prague 5. On 13 February, the European Anti-Poverty Network ČR (EAPN ČR) hosted the third nationwide roundtable discussion on the issue of overindebtedness. On 19 February, Milena Černá visited the St. Karel Boromejský Home in Řepy. On 24 February, the board of directors distributed CZK 600,000 for Senior projects by charities, diakonias and civic associations, and another CZK 304,000 for other applicants. March On 2 March, Czech Television s Club of the Deaf programme broadcast an interview with our successful Education Fund scholar Michaela Hnátková. On 5 March, a meeting was held between the Foundation and representatives from ČSOB regarding conditions for managing the Education Fund in Thanks to a donation from ČSOB Asset Management, Monika Granja was able to begin working with volunteer university students on a survey of Czech universities level of handicapped access as a foundation for determining the conditions under which handicapped individuals can study higher education. At a meeting on 10 March, the Education Fund s advisory board recommended seven new scholarship recipients. On 16 March, Milena Černá and Monika Granja attended a membership meeting of the Czech Donors Forum, held at the U.S. embassy s educational centre. VDV. 14 On 18 March, Jana Plíšková was engaged to work as contributing editor on the quarterly Good News. On March 20, the first issue of the quarterly Good News was released. On 26 March, Milena Černá visited IQ Roma servis in Brno. The Foundation s Pavla Kovářová organised a medical seminar entitled Psychiatric aspects of palliative care as part of the Salzburg seminars. The seminar was held at the MAT cinema. April A contract was signed with the Trade Union Property Management Association for Croatian holidays for children from children s homes organised by the Foundation. On 7 April, the annual meeting of SKOK was held at the Sue Ryder Home. On 9 April, the Sasakawa Asthma Fund s advisory board met at the Foundation offices. On 14 April Bohuslava Skořepová joined the Foundation. On 20 April, the Foundation was visited by children from a primary school in Prague 6 who were interested in learning how the foundation functions. On 22 and 23 April, Milena Černá attended the European Conference on Social Services as a Tool for Employment, organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as part of the Czech Republic s EU presidency. The Olga Havel Award jury recommended a candidate for the 2009 Olga Havel Award. On 28 April the board of directors met to distribute NIF interest in the amount of CZK 1,800,000 to civic associations, charities and diakonias in nine Czech administrative regions. On 30 April, the fourth roundtable discussion on the subject of overindebtedness was held under the auspices of EAPN ČR, led by Milena Černá. May On 5 May, Milena Černá met with Member of Parliament Alena Páralová. On 10 May, the Youth Ballet gave a performance at the Vinohrady Theatre in >>> benefit of the Foundation. The general meeting of EAPN ČR was held at the Foundation offices on 20 May. 15
10 >>> The Foundation was visited by Mrs Marcela Bideau of the Association Olga Havel branche Helvetique. The second issue of Good News and table discussion on overindebtedness, led by Milena Černá. The discussion was attended by deputy minister of labour and social affairs Marián Hošek Conference at the Prague Congress Centre. On 25 June, a meeting of ČSOB employees who act as patrons for the August On 1 August, the A Europe of Citizens programme s Promoting the integrity of families at risk of social accepted a gift in the form of an oversized wooden medallion with a portrait of Olga Havel made by František Nedomlel, a participant in the woodcarving was hosted by Bára Štěpánová, was a part of the Steps towards Integration campaign. First prize went to Masaryk University, second prize went to the 2008 Annual Report were released. On 25 May at the Museum of Czech Music, the Olga Havel Award was presented to Mrs Jana Hejzlarová of the St. Karel Boromejský Home in Prague 6; despite her age and disability, Mrs and by a representative from the ombudsman s office. On 10 to 13 June, Milena Černá attended the general meeting of EAPN in Vienna. On 15 June, a performance of Roma Education Fund was held at the company s headquarters in Prague 5. inclusion, and their place in a changing Europe project was launched, with the Foundation s participation. From 2 to 15 August, an English language course for 30 children from children s homes was held at the Orlíček symposium. They also attended a press conference, where they described the Sasakawa Asthma Fund. September Milena Černá gave the opening talk at Metropolitan University Prague, and third prize went to the Tomáš Bata University in Zlín. Hejzlarová is fully engaged in helping dance ensembles organised by Mr Mi- lodge in the Orlice Mountains, in coo- an international conference on social seniors suffering from illness. The Foundation was visited by Andrea Nater, a supporter from Holland. The Home of Good Will in Kladno- Nouzov celebrated its anniversary in the presence of the Foundation s employees and a group of students from the Ivo Váňa Psota Dance Conservatory in Prague. roslav Červeňák was held in Olomouc in memory of Olga Havel. Performing were the ensembles of Mrs Samsijová, Mrs Šandorová, and Mrs Kráčmarová of Šternberk, as well as the Děti kudykam (Children Everywhere) ensemble. On 17 June, Jitka Horáková began working for the Foundation. On 18 June, a coordinating meeting July A meeting of volunteer counsellors for the summer language course, held in the Orlice Mountains for children from children s homes, took place at the peration with the Akcent International House Prague language school. Milena Černá attended a meeting of the City of Prague s subsidy committee. economy, held at the Prague Autoklub. In September, the Václav Havel Library in Prague opened an exhibit on the 1979 court trial of Charter 77 signatories. One of the people who went to prison as a result was the Foundation s Dana Němcová. On 12 September, Jan Freudl ran for the Olga Havel On 22 September, the Via bona awards for the best donors in the non-profit sector were presented at the residence of the United States ambassador. Recei ving the award for the Foundation June On 4 June, the European House in Pra- was held in Brno to discuss the NAPSI Together! Project being planned as part of the European Union s PROGRESS Foundation s offices on 1 July. Mrs Diana Sternbergová hosted a meeting of the Foundation at the Častolovi- Foundation in the Prague Marathon. A meeting of the Education Fund s advisory board was held on 14 Septem- was Pavel Cindr, who has been providing the Foundation with free graphic design for 10 years. gue hosted a nationwide gathering of people living in poverty who had atten- programme. On 19 June, Czech Television s Co- ce castle on July 23 and 24. On 14 and 15 August, Milena Černá and Jitka Horáková attended the Gol- ber in Prague. On 21 September in the Czech par- ded a similar meeting in Brussels, who lours of Life programme broadcast den Woodshaving woodcarving sym- liament, the parliament s vice-chair met with NGOs and employees of the a report on the Foundation s support for posium in Zlaté Hory. Together with the Lucie Talmanová presented the Bar- ministries of health, regional develop- seniors. The Foundation was represen- head doctor of the EDEL sanatorium rier-free School awards for the best ment, and labour. On 5 June, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs hosted the fifth round- ted by Dana Němcová. On 22 to 24 June, Milena Černá attended the 17th European Social Services for childhood asthmatics, they visited the town s mayor and a speleotherapy facility in the former goldmines, and programmes for handicapped university students and for barrier-free university facilities. The event, which >>> 16 17
11 >>> On 22 September, the Foundation received the Lighthouse Award from the November On 5 November, pupils from the On 22 November, two benefit concerts were held for the Foundation. The first Republic s ambassador, Rudolf Jindrák. The presentation included perso- dren with cochlear implants, accompanied by their parents, who had received On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December, Milena Černá atten- Pilsen Children s Endowment Fund for Na Smetance Primary School in Pra- was the Benefit Concert of Good Will, nal reminiscences of November 1989 a donation for the purchase of speech ded a conference on the contemporary its long-time support of sick children through the Sasakawa Asthma Fund. The award was received by Eva Kvas- gue 2 presented the Foundation with the proceeds of an auction that they held in benefit of the purchase of bionic organized by the legal offices of Kocián Šolc Balaštík at the Church of Sts. Simon and Jude and which brought in from Markus Meckel and Jiří Gruša. processors from Jiří Volf s racecar team. As part of the Salzburg Medical Semi- family at the Czech parliament. On 13 December, Milena Černá opened a benefit concert by Jaroslav Svěcený ničková. On 23 September, Milena Černá attended a briefing at the Ministry of Labour prosthetic arms for Tomáš Lang. On 6 November a member meeting of the Association of Foundations was held at almost CZK 1 million for the Senior programme. The second concert was a ballet evening with the Ivo Váňa-Pso- nars, on 3 December at the MAT cinema in Prague, Dr. Jindřich Fiala gave a talk on Dementia and related neurologi- at Jemniště castle with a talk on human rights. On 14 December, four Education Fund and Social Affairs regarding the development of the social service system. the Old Burgrave s House on Vyšehrad. A national meeting of experts in fami- ta Conservatory in Prague under the direction of Mrs Jitka Tázlarová; ear- cal disorders New developments and their practical application. The event scholars who graduated from university during the 2008/9 school year received October On the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, on 2 October the Foun- ly reconstitution and families at risk of social exclusion was held 9 and 10 November in Brno. On 20 to 22 November in Dortmund, nings from the performance went to handicapped children. On 26 and 27 November, Milena Černá visited the Centre for Mentally Handicapped Adults operated by the Diakonia of the Evangelical Church of Czech was organised by Jitka Horáková. On 5 December, Jitka Horáková and Denisa Hadáčková represented the Foundation at a St. Nicholas bazaar certificates and cheques at a ceremony attended by the fund s partners from ČSOB. On 15 December, the traditional ga- dation joined with the Ostrov Regional Charity and the City of Ostrov to orga- Germany, Milena Černá attended a performance of Václav Havel s play Lea- Brethren in Senec near Bratislava, where a coordination meeting was held for held at Prague Crossroads. On 9 December, the Foundation s staff thering of the Foundation s board, supervisory board, staff, volunteers, and nise a professional conference for staff ving in honour of the national holiday a project focussed at helping families at attended the presentation of the Michal representatives from partner organisati- of senior care facilities called Assessing Life in old age. Monika Granja compiled the conference papers into commemorating the struggle for independence and democracy, an exhibition of works by Walter Liggesmayer at On 24 November, a ceremonial lunch risk of social exclusion. On 29 November in Prague Castle s third courtyard, Livie Klausová Velíšek Award for Courage in Saving the Life of a Stranger. That same evening, a gala evening with ons took place the Foundation s office. On 21 December, the Foundation participated in preparing a performance a publication that was printed in De- a psychiatric hospital, and a mass led with Education Fund scholars and their and Milena Černá ceremonially lit up Education Fund donors and partners by the Louskáček ballet at the National cember. Starting on 4 October and continuing all of October and November, Czech by bishop Václav Malý. ČSOB patrons was held at the Palác Flóra. On 25 November, Deutsche Freunde a Christmas tree to the delight of several hundred children. The tree-lighting ceremony marked the start of a new na- was held at the Top Hotel Praha. Theatre, organised for physically and mentally handicapped children by the Friends of the National Theatre. Television broadcast the Foundation s und Förderer der Olga Havel Stiftung tionwide collection in support of edu- 30-second spot on helping people with organized a political-literary evening cational projects. physical disabilities. On 8 October, Eva Kvasničková attended the graduation ceremony of Educa- in benefit of the Refuge charity in Cheb. The evening, whose subject was When the Walls in Europe Fell, was December On 2 December at the Foundation offi- tion Fund scholar Tomáš Steinberger. held under the auspices of the Czech ces, a meeting was held with the chil
12 How to apply for Foundation grants Submitting the application: Any individual 18 years or older may apply for a foundation grant. The application must be submitted in writing and signed by the applicant. The application must contain the reason why the applicant is asking for support. For the purchase of materials or services, applicants should indicate the price, the percentage they can finance themselves, and any grants promised from other sources (such as such as health insurers, regional or municipal government, companies or other foundations). The application must contain contact information: mailing address, telephone or mobile phone number, address. Applications for grants from the Education Fund are submitted using a special form. This form and detailed information on required appendices are published on the above-mentioned Foundation website under the Education Fund programme. The cover letter should indicate whether and when in the past the applicant has applied for a grant from the Committee of Good Will, and how the application was settled. or denial of aid, as well as court decisions or other documents which may be important for assessing the application. Additional requirements: 1 copy of the organisation s registration (only when applying for a grant from the Olga Havel Foundation for the first time or if there has been a change in the organisation s activities since the last application). 1 simple project budget. For applications for the reimbursement of investment expenses, 1 copy of an extract from the real estate register. If the applicant is not the organisation s statutory body, 1 copy of a document entitling the applicant to act in the organisation s name (power of attorney). Foundation grants are awarded to civic associations, churchrun institutions, charities, schools, municipalities and private individuals whose intentions are in compliance with the Foundation s mission and aims. The Sasakawa Asthma Fund also accepts applications from hospitals and children s care centres. Calls for grant applications are published on the Foundation s website, www. vdv.cz, where you can also find grant application forms available for download. Applications from organisations The Board of Directors evaluates organisations grant applications as part of regularly announced calls for applications. The deadline for grant applications for each relevant programme can be found on Foundation grants are provided against signed invoices or partial invoices, which the Foundation pays up to the height of the approved grant. Grants for covering organisations operational costs are provided only in exceptional and properly substantiated cases. The Foundation does not provide loans or assistance for clearing debts, or for the purchase of real estate. Optional: 1 annual report for the most recent accounting period (we prefer electronic format or a link to a web page where the report can be found). Individual applications The Foundation s Board of Directors meets once a month in order to evaluate applications received from individuals. Applicants are sent information on the outcome of the board meeting in writing. For successful applications, grants are provided against invoices, which the Foundation will pay up to the height of the grant provided. Previously paid invoices are not reimbursed. The Foundation does not provide grants for motor vehicles, disabled-access adaptations to flats and private houses, or for certain physical therapy aids. The decision Additional requirements: Certification stating the previous year s total family income and the number of family members; if the family or individual is living on government welfare payments, it is enough to indicate this fact in the application. A copy of a recent medical report on the applicant s state of health or decisions by governmental bodies on the provision Submitting the application: The application is submitted by filling in a form whose template can be found for each programme. The application must be submitted in writing and signed by the organisation s statutory representative. The cover letter should indicate whether and when in the past the applicant has applied for a grant from the Committee of Good Will, and how the application was settled. Applicants are notified of the Board of Directors decision within two weeks of the board meeting. For grants exceeding CZK 10,000, the Foundation and the recipient will conclude a donation contract. There is no legal claim to Foundation grants
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14 Healthcare Sasakawa Asthma Fund In 2009, we used the 2008 interest from the assets deposited on our American bank account by The Nippon Foundation to cover travel expenses for a group of children suffering from serious forms of asthma who spent a diagnostic stay at High Mountain Hospital Davos (see Magic Hill below), to pay for recuperative holidays for asthmatic children in Slovakia, and to publish the SAAD information bulletin on asthma. We also helped purchase equipment for the Sanatorium Edel in Zlaté Hory and Hospital Žatec, finance spirometer for Thomayer University Hospital and Social, healthcare, and humanitarian programmes The aim of our support in this area is to promote processes that provide socially excluded individuals or individuals at risk of social exclusion with the opportunity to fully engage in the eco- Senovážné náměstí 2 Prague 1 We would like to thank you for providing us with a grant of CZK 10,000 for the purchase of a motorized wheelchair for our daughter Blanka. It is interesting that relationships that could be called normal and human are unfortunately not too common today. For this reason, we thank you very much that your approach to the physically disabled involves an understanding for their financial limitations. We are glad that you not only understand our situation, but also that by lending a helping hand you are trying to ease our difficulties. educational courses for parents in Třebíč, Svitavy and Ústí nad nomic, social, and cultural life of society and to live in a manner 24 Feb The Š. family Orlicí. Total expenditures in 2009 for activities offering a better the children s attending physician, Dr. Jiří Kuneš of the allergy considered by society to be normal. Towards the end of 2009, we concluded our nationwide life to children with asthma and allergies amounted to CZK 1,337,961. Sasakawa Asthma Fund Advisory Board: Dr. Václav Marek, Dr. Ondřej Rybníček, Dr. Miroslav Vostrý, Daniela Hátleová, ward for children and youth in Most, received medical reports containing recommendations of measures to take for each specific case. Project coordinator: Gabriela Türkeová Pathways to Integration The broad-based Pathways to Integration programme provides aid and support to socially disadvantaged and handicapped indivi- There can never be enough kindness collection (account no /0300). This collection had been one of the sources of financing for Pathways to Integration. Via collection we helped Tomáš Lang from Prague to finance Dr. Milena Černá, secretary: Eva Kvasničková. Project coordinator: Eva Kvasničková duals. The Foundation has long organised this programme according to the principle that the conditions for the provision of grants bionic artificial hands. Tomáš became the first man in the Czech Republic with sophisticated artificial hands. Davos 2009 Magic Hill Therapeutic stays at the International Children s Centre at High Dear Nurse is a small programme for promoting nurses education through seminars and literature related to caring for cancer patients. The programme was established through the support of the Kubeček family in are adjusted to the circumstances dictated by current sources of financing. The Foundation provides social services providers with funding for innovative projects, and helps handicapped individuals purchase compensational and physical therapy aids for facilitating The collection was also used to finance the Silence Won t Cure Silence sub-programme, which the Foundation has been operating since The project s guarantor is Dr. Olga Dlouhá from the Department of Phoniatrics at the Charles University Facul- Mountain Hospital Davos have entered their fifth year. The thre- Expenditures for this programme in 2009 amounted to their integration into society. The programme reimburses individu- ty of Medicine in Prague. Its main objective is for hearing-impaired e-week diagnostic and treatment holiday was attended by eight CZK 115,869. als and organisations exclusively for basic aids, physical therapy children to start using high-quality digital hearing aids at an early children from Most and nearby towns and villages. The group equipment and other equipment used directly by the client; it does age, so that they can learn to hear and talk and attend school with was accompanied by Kristýna Chudlařská. Following the stay, not cover operating costs or salaries. their peers. In 2009, the programme helped purchase digital hearing 24 25
15 aids and other tools for 71 hearing-impaired children. Coordinator: Gabriela Türkeová. As part of the Pathways to Integration project, we provided 256 grants to individuals children and adults with physical disabilities. These included: 113 wheelchairs 71 hearing aids/speech processors for cochlear implants 19 medical aids 19 strollers for handicapped children 15 contributions for tuition 7 software and other computer accessories 2 musical instruments 10 various aids The total volume of grants issued as part of Pathways to Integration amounted to CZK 2,161,731. Of this, CZK 759,836 came from the There can never be enough kindness collection focussed on the integration of handicapped children and adults. Golden Lane Nº19 The commercial gallery at Golden Lane no. 19 has provided visitors to Prague Castle with the opportunity to learn about the activities of protected workshops, schools and other facilities supported by the Foundation. The shop sells products made by handicapped children and adults: postcards, souvenirs, pictures and cards painted by children, ceramics, seasonal ornaments, Dear Sir/Madam, When I sent you my letter regarding your services, I honestly did not expect that my needs would be met. I was thus pleasantly surprised by the visit from Mr Jakeš and Jonathan (a German volunteer with the Živá paměť charity, supported by the ). We discussed the possibility of regular visits, including Jonathan helping me at home. Several weeks later, I am glad to say that his help has been of a great benefit to me. I am enormously satisfied with Jonathan. He is polite, knows how to work with older people, and is capable of helping and spreading cheer with a kind word. I hope to meet with him in the future as well, and I wish you all the best in your praiseworthy activities in the future. Mrs V. Z., České Budějovice and textiles. Proceeds from sales go directly to the artist or the organisation. The gallery has a total of 18 suppliers. Coordinator: Eva Podzimková Senior When it comes to providing care and support to the older generation, the Foundation is interested in two types of projects: Those that help people who wish to experience their old age in an active manner, and those that provide support for abandoned seniors or for individuals suffering from long-term illnesses. In 2009, the Foundation concluded the nationwide Senior collection, but it continues to use other resources to provide funding to organisations that ensure that the oldest generation can live a dignified life. In addition to the collection, the Foundation received funding for the Senior programme from inheritances and from proceeds from the Benefit Concert of Good Will. In 2009, the Foundation announced two tenders for grant applications (March, October). As part of the Senior programme in 2009, we distributed a total of CZK 1,886,583 for a diverse range of projects organised by non-governmental non-profit organisations. Project coordinators: Pavla Kovářová, Eva Kvasničková 26 27
16 Ordinary Life This programme funds social projects by NGOs aimed at helping people at risk of social exclusion find their way back to a normal life. Target groups are eighteen-year-olds getting ready to leave children s homes and institutions, homeless and unemployed individuals, street children and women and children who have been the victims of violence. The programme also includes projects by organisations active in isolated Roma communities, streetwork aimed at street children and youth, community projects and social work. The Foundation funds these projects using interest from the Foundation Investment Fund. Non-targeted donations were used to support additional NGO projects within the Ordinary Life programme that did not receive funding from NIF funds. The volume of these grants amounted to CZK 520,129. Total expenditures for the Ordinary Life programme in 2009 amounted to CZK 2,328,129. New Family The Foundation is involved in the transformation of how we care for at-risk children in the Czech Republic not only through the New Family programme which promotes quality foster care but also as part of the Ordinary Life programme, which has recently been expanded to include the family reconstitution. Act no. 108/2006 on social services includes the reconstitution of families among active social services. The aim of such services is both prevention i.e., working with failing families at risk of losing their children to institutional care (often for reasons of poverty, inadequate housing or lack of home furnishings) as well as returning children from institutional care back to their biological families. Unlike in many other countries, in the Czech Republic family reconstitution has become a social service. It involves family guidance, assistance and other forms of social work aimed at preserving the family. Since 2009, the Foundation has been partially involved in the project Promoting the integrity of families Report on the utilisation of interest from the Foundation Investment Fund (NIF) In January 2009, the Foundation announced two calls for proposals for projects from organisations providing social prevention services for children, youth and adults at risk of social exclusion. On 15 April 2009, the Board of Directors of the decided on the distribution of grants from 2008 NIF interest The 2008 interest from the Foundation Investment Fund (NIF) amounted to CZK 2,087,289. The Foundation s Board of Directors decided that CZK 1,800,000 would be divided in the form of grants for projects, with the remaining amount of CZK 287,289 (ca. 13%) to be used for the Foundation s operating costs. The board decided to distribute these funds to organisations that provide social services to at-risk children, young adults who are leaving children s homes, mothers with children in need, homeless individuals, people with drug addictions, and families living in socially-excluded communities. >>> 28 29
17 >>> Report on the utilisation of interest from the Foundation Investment Fund (NIF) Organisation Region Projekt Granted in CZK Archdiocese charity Prague St. Theresa shelter 60,000 Krnov Salvation Army Moravia-Silesia A Key to a Lock 80,000 Shelter for women and mothers with children, Vsetín Zlín Expand shelter capacity 100,000 Darmoděj Jeseník Olomouc Fieldwork programme 20,000 Elektra Prague Weekend meetings for female victims of violence 100,000 Eurotopia Opava Moravia-Silesia St. Theresa shelter 45,000 Ježek a čížek Prague A Key to a Lock 75,000 Kofoed school, Třinec Moravia-Silesia Expand shelter capacity 160,000 Maneor Nové Město na Moravě Vysočina Fieldwork programme 150,000 Pilsen municipal charity Pilsen Weekend meetings for female victims of violence 28,000 Naděje (Hope), Klášterec nad Ohří Ústí Dům naděje 100,000 Brno citizens advisory centre South Moravia Dluhové poradenství 60,000 Blansko regional charity South Moravia Pomáháme s radostí 100,000 Kroměříž regional charity Zlín Teplá voda AD pro matky s dětmi 100,000 Liberec regional charity Liberec St. Anne Home for mothers with children in need 40,000 Znojmo regional charity South Moravia Advisory and assistance centre 40,000 Pod Křídly (Under the Wings) Val. Meziříčí Zlín Under the Wings 200,000 Orthodox Church congregation in Most Ústí Renovation of halfway home 50,000 Horní Počernice Christian aid centre Prague Reopening of shelter 100,000 Drop In centre for the prevention and treatment of drug addictions Prague Improved environment for drop-in centre 130,000 Teen Challenge International ČR Brno South Moravia Children s centre 70,000 Total 1,808,000 Number of grants awarded by type of organisation: Civic associations 11 Public Benefit Organizations 3 Church-run institutions 7 Number of grants awarded by region: Prague 5 Pilsen 1 Ústí nad Labem 2 Liberec 1 Vysočina 1 South Moravia 4 Zlín 3 Olomouc 1 Moravia-Silesia 3 at risk of social inclusion, and their place in a changing Europe, which is being implemented in the four Visegrad countries and which in 2010 is scheduled to issue a publication describing the situation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, including a legislative overview and examples of best practice and recommendations for the future. The project is financed by A Europe of Citizens, the Open Society Fund, the Visegrad Fund, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and other local foundations. The main source of financing for New Family came from the Benefit Concert of Good Will, organised for the Committee of Good Will by the KŠB legal offices. In 2009, we distributed CZK 494,476 for foster families and organisations involved in caring for abandoned children. Project coordinator: Eva Kvasničková Holidays These children s holidays in Croatia are made possible by the Trade Union Property Management Association. This year, 580 children from children s homes in Aš, Benešov, Budišov nad Budišovkou, Čeladná, Černá Voda, Česká Kamenice, Dlažkovice, Hora sv. Kateřiny, Horní Slavkov, Karlovy Vary, Krásná Lípa, Ostrava-Hrabová, Ostrava-Slezská Ostrava, Pardubice, Pyšely, Semily, Telč, Uherské Hradiště, Ústí nad Labem-Střekov, Zábřeh, Zlín and Znojmo spent their holidays in Makarska, Vodice and Hvar. Project coordinator: Eva Kvasničková 30 31
18 Education Education Fund One central Foundation programme is the Education Fund, whose general partner is the ČSOB bank. The programme provides scholarships for handicapped children and children from children s homes or from socially disadvantaged families. In order to be awarded and continue to receive a scholarship, students must maintain good grades and take an active approach to their studies. Students receive the scholarship until graduation as long as their average grade does not drop below 2. If their grades worsen, we send them a warning, after which the scholarship is reduced or cancelled. Scholarship applications are discussed by the Education Fund s advisory board and approved by the Foundation s Board of Directors. The advisory board includes representatives from our partner, ČSOB, which also contributes financially in the Foundation s research and presentational activities. One important event this year was the presentation of a financial reward and certificates on the successful completion of university studies to four scholarship recipients at the Foundation s offices. In 2009, the Education Fund introduced a new feature: every handicapped recipient of an Education Fund scholarship was also assigned a ČSOB employee as a patron. This patronage offers ČSOB a further opportunity for involving its employees into philanthropic activities while at the same time strengthening its partnership with the. In 2009 we provided scholarships to a total of 67 secondary school and university students roughly 1/3 were handicapped children, 1/3 came from children s homes, 1/3 were from socially disadvantaged families, and there was a balanced number of boys and girls. The Foundation also provided single grants to dozens of students for learning aids, school fees, compensation aids and other needs. Also helping to purchase study aids for secondary school and university students was the Václav and Livie Klaus Endowment Fund, which contributed the proceeds from a nationwide collection in support of education. The collection was held at Prague Castle around Christmas 2008 and Easter Advisory Board: Ljuba Václavová (chair), František Kopecký, Milan Pospíšil, Vladimíra Rattayová, Miloš Rejchrt, Pavlína Folovská, Milena Černá, secretary: Eva Kvasničková. Over the course of 2009, the Foundation disbursed a total of CZK 1,631,009 for the education of socially disadvantaged and handicapped students. Of this amount, the Václav and Livie Klaus Endowment Fund contributed CZK 551,000 and ČSOB contributed CZK 940,000. Another sponsor of the programme was ČSOB Asset management. Programme coordinator: : Eva Kvasničková 32 33
19 The fourth annual Committee of Good Will summer language school was held at the beginning of August Eighteen girls and twelve boys from children s homes spent two weeks at the Orlíček compound in Nekoř engaged in a playful language school. In the mornings, the children practiced their English in the classroom; in the afternoons, they took their language skills on field trips into the forest or to the playground. In order for Debbie and Scott native speakers from the Akcent language school to be able to communicate with the girls and boys aged 10 to 14, instruction was almost exclusively in English. Thanks to the interactive approach, the children remembered their grammar lessons and had little difficulty in increasing their level of language skills. The summer school let them know that they didn t have to be afraid of English and that they really could converse in a foreign language! Dear Friends, We would like to thank you very much for organising, and for inviting our children to attend, the Summer Language School at the Orlíček recreational compound in the Orlice Mountains from 2 to 15 August. We are convinced that this summer camp was a pleasant addition to the children s summertime, that they truly enjoyed themselves, and that they will remember this time fondly. The children will definitely be able to apply the new language skills acquired while communicating with teachers from England during the school year. We are glad that, even during this financial crisis, there are people who have not forgotten about those who have not had many chances in life to experience true happiness, and who are willing to help them forget, for at least a moment, their daily troubles. All children need a sense of security and the sense of belonging and this is all the more visible among children growing up in institutional care. Your services reassure them that someone is thinking of them and that someone cares for them, even if it isn t their own family. Sincerely, Antonín Nachtnebl Director, Znojmo children s home Salzburg Cornell Medical Seminar In 2009, the Open Medical Institute organised 19 international seminars in Salzburg. The Foundation again helped to coordinate applications from Czech doctors, with a total of 116 doctors applying to the seminars. Of these, 45 successfully passed through the admissions process a significant increase over 2008, when 20 Czech doctors attended. The largest number of applicants was for the seminar on imaging techniques in cardiology (16), followed by otolaryngology (12) and surgery (12). In addition, five doctors participated in an internship in Vienna. The Foundation also organised two local seminars in Prague, which were attended by doctors and by representatives from nonprofit organisations. The first seminar took place on 31 March and was focused on the psychiatric aspects of palliative care. The seminar was presented by Dr. Ondřej Sláma of Brno s Masaryk University. On 3 December, Dr. Jindřich Fiala of Prague s Thomayer University Hospital gave a lecture on Dementia and related neurological disorders. Seminar evaluations show that the Salzburg seminars are positively received, and the Foundation can be proud to be organizing them. The seminars and internships promote the sharing of the latest knowledge and expert experience, thus helping to improve the quality of medical care in the Czech Republic. The programme is led by the Open Medical Institute (OMI) and is funded by the American Austrian Foundation (AAF). In 2009, the Foundation spent CZK 76,087 on this programme. Programme coordinators: Pavla Kovářová a Jitka Horáková indd 1 Vzdělávací program Salzburg Medical Seminars International Program realizuje a financuje American Austrian Foundation. Výbor dobré vůle Nadace Olgy Havlové koordinuje program v ČR. Do 31. května 2010 se lze přihlásit na prestižní lékařské semináře v Salzburgu: Cardiothoracic Surgery Rehabilitation Medicine Otorlaryngology Diagnostic Imaging September Pediatric Gastroenterology Pediatric Orthopedics Dermatology Maternal and Infant Health Leadership in Palliative Care Effective Drug Treatment SHARP/Sexual Health Cardiac Imaging Family Medicine Podmínky účasti na seminářích: Lékařské vzdělání a praxe v oboru, dobrá znalost angličtiny a ochota šířit získané vědomosti dále. Další informace: Organizátoři hradí veškeré náklady spojené s účastí na semináři; přihlášení na semináře probíhá on-line na přednášejí špičkoví odborníci z amerických a rakouských univerzit a odborných institucí; absolventi seminářů se mohou hlásit na stáže v nemocnicích v Rakousku a USA. Více informací je na nebo tel /9/10 4:52:04 PM Medical Journals In 2009, the Foundation provided the National Medical Library with the following medical journals published in the United States: Diabetes, Harvard Health Letter, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. These journals, which the Foundation has been receiving from their publishers since 1990, help to keep our doctors level of education up to date. A big thank you to all the publishers! 34 35
20 Promoting and protecting human rights The promotion and protection of human rights have been an element of all programmes of the Olga Havel Foundation since the beginning. The form taken by these programmes changes according to the current situation in the Czech Republic and the world. When necessary, the Foundation s financial reserves can be used to support families with refugee status, refugee children without family support, or projects aimed at integrating persons living in disadvantaged Roma communities. The provision of support to such projects or individuals takes place via the Ordinary Life, New Family, and Education Fund projects. The Olga Havel Award This prestigious award is announced three months prior to the official presentation. Anyone can make a nomination as long as he or she knows the nominee well. The objective of the Olga Havel Award is to acknowledge the achievements of individuals who, despite their disability, have been truly committed to helping others. The award recipient is selected by a jury from a list of nominees. During the awards ceremony, the Committee of Good Will also acknowledges important donors, long-time volunteers, and project organizers in the fields of healthcare, social services, education, and human rights. Olga Havel Award Jury: Dana Němcová (chair), Iveta Pešková, Pavel Wiener, Blanka Dvořáková, Eva Hůlková, Jan Lorman. Secretary: Pavla Kovářová In 2009, project expenditures amounted to CZK 134,772. The 2009 Olga Havel Award was presented on 12 May 2009 at the National Museum s Czech Museum of Music in Karmelitská Street in Prague s Lesser Town to Mrs Jana Hejzlarová, a senior citizen who founded a day centre for the elderly and handicapped at the St. Karel Boromejský Home in Řepy, and who has been active in the home s ergotherapy department for many years. The Olga Havel Award Olbram Zoubek s bronze statue Encouragement was presented by Dana Němcová in the presence of First Lady Livie Klausová, former President Václav Havel, vicepresident of the board Franziska Sternbergová, board members Josef Beneš and Ivan Douda, and other notable guests. Performing at the awards ceremony were Education Fund scholars Michaela Linková and Barbora Kozáková and the Bambini di Praga choir with choirmasters Blanka Kulínská and Lukáš Jindřich, accompanied on piano by Ludmila Čermáková. The event was hosted by Pavel Zuna We would also like to thank our volunteer hostesses who presented guests of the awards ceremony with gingerbread hearts created at the Sun for All Foundation s Service Centre in Unhošť, Annual Report supported by ČSOB and magazine Thank you for this exceptional award, for your expression of love, for your gifts. It is all so very dear and remarkable for me a kind of milestone and further encouragement to continue serving the needy. I feel as if my strength has been renewed, and the award has also brought joy to many of my colleagues. It confirms that one s life arc need not go down, but that it can aim upwards towards heaven, which for me has always been a source of new hope and love. Jana Hejzlarová In 2009, the image of a fragment of heart and the Foundation s acknowledgements went to: For significant financial support Marie and Václav Fryba These senior citizens from Klatovy have been dedicated and faithful donors for many years. Although Marie passed on several years ago, Václav continues to support us financially. 36 The image of a fragment of a heart was created by children with combined handicaps from Blansko, under the guidance of Mrs Marika Zouharová working with the handicapped, we often feel that nothing is moving forward, nothing is happening For this reason, we owe a great thanks to the Committee of Good Will, which is wonderfully capable of lighting up one s heart and knows how to light the spark for future work. One blazing heart can pass on its energy, share >>> with others, give everything meaning. Being, work, and love can continue 37